Gavin Newsom posted this Tweet of himself reading books banned by schools in Florida. 1984, Maus, and To Kill A Mockingbird are on the table, but he's reading Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison's novel Beloved, which was not written for children:
Several people posted, as a gotcha, that To Kill A Mockingbird is banned in parts of California, possibly because it has the N-word, or because it has a "white savior narrative," or because it features a woman lying about rape, or because it's likely to lead to interracial violence. I don't really care.
But Toni Morrison's Beloved, which is interracial grievance porn, is also literally pornographic.
I got the e-book and searched it for the N-word, 37 instances, and the F-word, only four, but when I checked the F-word reference, I found that Morrison was talking about young black men, sexually frustrated 20-something farmhands, f---ing cows.
Or rather, because of size issues, calves, and this is in Chapter One, which is presumably the one he's reading:
Paul D smiled then, remembering the bedding dress. Sethe was thirteen when she came to Sweet Home and already iron-eyed. She was a timely present for Mrs. Garner who had lost Baby Suggs to her husband's high principles. The five Sweet Home men looked at the new girl and decided to let her be. They were young and so sick with the absence of women they had taken to calves. Yet they let the iron-eyed girl be, so she could choose in spite of the fact that each one would have beaten the others to mush to have her. It took her a year to choose—a long, tough year of thrashing on pallets eaten up with dreams of her. A year of yearning, when rape seemed the solitary gift of life. The restraint they had exercised possible only because they were Sweet Home men—the ones Mr. Garner bragged about while other farmers shook their heads in warning at the phrase.…
Paul D Garner, Paul F Garner, Paul A Garner, Halle Suggs and Sixo, the wild man. All in their twenties, minus women, f---ing cows, dreaming of rape, thrashing on pallets, rubbing their thighs and waiting for the new girl—the one who took Baby Suggs' place after Halle bought her with five years of Sundays.
Maybe that was why she chose him. A twenty-year-old man so in love with his mother he gave up five years of Sabbaths just to see her sit down for a change was a serious recommendation.
She waited a year. And the Sweet Home men abused cows while they waited with her. She chose Halle and for their first bedding she sewed herself a dress on the sly.
There's more, and later in the book, during an awkward moment, a black male character says to a black female:
"There could have been a way. Some other way."
"You got two feet, Sethe, not four," he said, and right then a forest sprang up between them; trackless and quiet.
Later he would wonder what made him say it. The calves of his youth? …
In the Virginia Governor's race, in the course of a diatribe about too many Virginia teachers were white, Democrat Terry McAuliffe attacked Republican Glenn Youngkin, saying:
“He is closing his campaign on banning books,” McAuliffe said on Meet the Press, two days before Virginia’s hotly contested gubernatorial election. “He wants to ban Toni Morrison’s book ‘Beloved’ he’s going after one of the most preeminent African American female writers in American history, won the Nobel Prize, has a Presidential Medal of Freedom, and he wants her books banned. Now, of all the hundreds of books you could look at, why did you pick the one Black female author? Why did you do it?”
Maybe, unlike either Newsom or McAuliffe, he read it.